Sometimes in the mornings, my eyes just snap wide open. I'm awake. I mean that I am really awake -- the body is telling me there is no rolling over and returning to sleep. That happened this morning at 4:00am. So I stumbled out to the kitchen and flipped the switch on the coffeemaker from "Auto" to "On". As I waited for the coffee to brew, I checked the weather: cold and windy. And RAIN? Brrrr. I poured my first cup of coffee and started to work on LittleSister's Christmas present. Shhhh. It's a secret and she reads my blog so I can't say what it is. Suffice it to say, it has texture. Ahh, you were wondering about why this post is titled "Texture", now weren't you?
Texture: ('teks-cher) the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something.
In knitting or crochet, creating texture is easy. It's inherent to yarn. It's tactile. Deeper texture can be created by a simple series of knit 2 purl 2, or yarn overs and decreases.
In quilting, how is texture created?
The first way to create texture is by the visual appeal. What I mean by this is by what is printed on the fabric that you choose. The visual texture of a reproduction print is very different than the visual texture of a batik or hand-dyed fabric. You can change the visual texture of a quilt just by choosing different types of fabrics.
The second way, of course, is created by the quilting stitches. There is a tactile sensation when you run your hand over the quilting.
But have you ever tried to create texture another way? I can think of two ways. An obvious one is to add more texture by changing the type of fabric. If you are making an art quilt or wall hanging or even a crazy quilt, then you can add organza and fake fur because these quilts are typically not washed. But what if you're making a bed quilt? Have you ever thought of adding tucks on purpose (LOL! I sometimes do it unconsciously). Or pleating? gathering? smocking? puffing? All of these techniques and others can add tactile texture to a quilt using cotton fabric.
All of these techniques can be found in heirloom sewing and garment construction and I encourage you to explore them. They can make some exciting additions to a quilt.